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Negotiations Opened for Admission of Larger Number of Baizan Jews to Turkey

April 17, 1944
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Negotiations are now taking place with Turkish authorities to secure the admission into Turkey of a larger number of Jews from the Palken countries in transit to Palestine and other lands of refuge, it is reported in the press here today.

At present, the Turkish Government allows only 150 Jewish refugees to enter Turkey weekly, en route to other countries. It is understood that the present negotiations aim not only at extending this quotes, but also at amending the Turkish visa regulations so that it will be possible for Jews in Nazi-held territories to reach Turkey without complicated formalities. A liberal interpretation of Turkish frontier restrictions is also sought so as to enable Jews to escape into Turkey without being detained at the Turkish border.

While members of the Turkish cabinet are inclined to cooperate with the United Nations in making possible the rescue of Jews from Nazi territory, it is emphasized that by allowing victims of Nazi persecution to enter Turkey the Turkish authorities do not undertake to grant them permanent residence and consider Palestine to be the ultimate destination of the refugees.

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